Wells, ME
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Wells is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maine. With a population of 10,073 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Wells is the 22nd largest community in Maine.

Wells real estate is some of the most expensive in Maine, although Wells house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Wells is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.61% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Wells is a town of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wells who work in management occupations (12.32%), office and administrative support (10.16%), and sales jobs (8.77%).

Also of interest is that Wells has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Another notable thing is that Wells is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Wells’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Wells is worth considering.

Wells is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

The education level of Wells citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 34.43% of adults in Wells have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Wells in 2010 was $33,905, which is wealthy relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $135,620 for a family of four. However, Wells contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Wells home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wells residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Wells include Irish, French , French Canadian, and German.

The most common language spoken in Wells is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Spanish.